Monday, April 4, 2016

Welcome to Casa de Gato "Skinny"


The timing of Wryn and Sprite's parting last Saturday couldn't have been better. I received a call from the shelter asking if I would be interested in taking on a pregnant kitty. Sadly my phone's reception was spotty, so I didn't get all of the details, but it turns out she was being transported down from up north and I should be able to pick her up on Saturday afternoon.  After dropping the girls off and spending some time with their new family, I went to the shelter to meet her.

Turns out she was not happy from the move down and all that she went through. She became quite fractious and they needed to use welding gloves to get her out of the cage.

She didn't attack, but she was in full defensive mode; Do not touch me, do not look at me, don't even think about me.

Fortunately, my job at this point is fairly easy.  I brought her home and opened up the carrier. When my back was turned opening up a can of cat food, she bolted from the carrier and hid under the couch.


I sat around in the room for about an hour being quiet and watching tv and she wouldn't come out. I took this photo by laying on the ground and having a conversation with her to which her reply was 'Do not touch me, do not look at me, don't even think about me.' (okay fine, it was a low growl)

I got up and sat back down on the couch for another few minutes, and decided to give her some peace and quite. She remained under the couch until it was dark and then came out.

Her behavior at night is interesting because she did end up laying in the middle of the floor.


I was hopeful because of the amount of time she spent not only out from under the couch but also because she sat in the middle of the floor several times. Unfortunately, when I went in the next morning she was once again under the couch, or more technically behind it.


I've started some calming options with her. I am hopeful that time and space will help her true spirit shine through and she will be able to share her pregnancy and the future kittens with me but I simply do not know. I know nothing about her. Her name is "Skinny" which will change soon, she is obviously pregnant, she is obviously in a bad mood. The shelter guessed she had two weeks until she gives birth.

So at the moment, I have Schrödinger's Kittens going on here as I both have kittens, and I don't have kittens, and a kitten watch has officially started.

19 comments:

  1. A new foster ... and a pregnant kitty! How exciting!! Poor girl, she must be totally stressed out - I hope she calms down soon. It looks like she's coming out from under the couch, which is great! I can't wait to see her babies!!

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  2. Wow, she really did make herself at home, at least when there were no humans around! Paws crossed she comes around and realizes you are there to help.

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  3. It's good to see that she came out while no one was at home. Hopefully that's a good sign that once she gets past her initial fear of you, she'll regain some of her confidence with you in the room and become friendly, too.

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  4. Will wait to hear how this all turns out! This poor scared but fortunate kitty has no way of knowing that she is in the capable hands of an expert! (P.S. You certainly are in a "Shrodingers Cat" situation here)

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  5. Sweet girl. We hope a safe space allows her to relax before those kittens arrive.

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  6. Poor ladycat. This is a terrible time to be so confused and scared. We are very glad she is with you now. Even if she's never happy about this, she will be safe and looked after.

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  7. She reminds me a little bit of Emmy from Love and Hisses. Hopefully she will relax and become friendly, but even if she remains standoffish she will be safe and loved.

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  8. She's beautiful. Hopefully she will settle in nicely once she gets more comfortable. Love the time lapse video!

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  9. She is gorgeous! I hope she relaxes once she learns that life at Casa de Gato is going to be goooooood.

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  10. Skinny is such a beautiful girl. I hope time and space will help her feel relaxed and comfortable!

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  11. "Schrödinger's Kittens!" LOL! Poor kitty, she's preggers and frightened! Thank you for taking her in; she'll enjoy her peace and quiet for awhile.

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  12. Poor girl ! It's a good point that she comes out of under the bed when she's alone. We hope time will help her to trust you. Purrs

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  13. It's good to see she comes out of hiding when there is no-one around and that she was eating often. Hopefully she will soon learn you are a friend and not a threat to her.

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  14. It's time to work your magic, Connie. We hope she comes around.

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  15. That's a good sign that she even came out at all on the first night. I hope by the time she gives birth she will feel more comfortable. It sounds like you have cat whispering skills! :-)

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  16. Poor Skinny! (yes, she needs a better name) She must be terrified from all the moving around. Perhaps in a few days she'll relax when she realizes she won't be moved. Was she a feral cat that was trapped?

    Good luck!

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  17. Hopefully she will relax soon.

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  18. Bless you, Connie, for taking on a pregnant kitty. I think she will be a great mother and it will be exciting to see her newborn kittens and watch them grow and find wonderful, loving homes. Poor thing must be so scared and confused but she will warm up to you in no time. Thank you again, Connie, for all that you do for the kitties. You are their angel.

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  19. Bless her, don't worry she will get there and if anyone can help her get to that stage it is you. I have no doubt in you

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